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Methods of Home Carpet Cleaning

December 19, 2006 by  
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Tabrizi Carpet - photo by Jai_SenPeriodic carpet cleaning is an essential requirement at home and commercial offices since carpets and rugs accumulate dust, dirt and grime over a period of time. If left unclean for extended periods, dirty carpets and rugs invariably accumulate dust mites, fungus, microbes and microorganisms which are unhygienic and unhealthy for everybody.

Moreover, a soiled carpet is an eyesore and may also emit bad odor further spoiling the ambiance of a room. It is therefore recommended to regularly clean your carpets and rugs depending on the amount of traffic and factors such as the presence of kids or pets and whether anybody is suffering from allergies in the house.

It is very important to correctly choose the carpet cleaning method in order not to damage your carpet or rug and at the same time extend its functionality. Generally, vacuuming is the first step of all the carpet cleaning methods to remove dust and other debris on the carpet. However, there are different applicable carpet cleaning methods depending on the fiber, dye, construction and material of the carpet. Though most carpets can be cleaned using the hot water extraction method, it is best to test for compatibility before deciding on any particular method to prevent damage.

Steam Cleaning – The most popular and commonly used carpet cleaning for homes especially if members of the family have hypersensitivity to dust, pollen and pet dander. Several affordable models of domestic steam cleaning machines are available at appliance stores. Steam cleaners use a mixture of hot water (some models use super heated steam) and detergent solution. A steam cleaner works the solution into the carpet through its front mounted cleaning brush and then extracts it through a rear mounted vacuum.

Dry Cleaning – This is probably the easiest carpet cleaning method as all you need to do is spread cleaning powder over the carpet area. The cleaning powder is treated to attract dirt in the carpet. The next and final step is simply to vacuum the carpet to remove the combined powder and dirt. This is only recommended if you are in hurry and if there is very little human and pet traffic on your carpets and rugs.

Shampooing – This is the least effective of carpet cleaning methods as dirt and grime are still left in between the fibers of the carpet. Detergents are applied to the carpet, a carpet cleaning machine agitates the carpet and then the detergent is removed by vacuuming. Detergents also contain additives such as deodorizers and color brighteners.

Foaming – This carpet cleaning method is a combination of dry cleaning and shampooing methods and allows the carpet to dry quickly. A foam detergent is worked into the carpet fibers and then vacuumed together with the dirt.

Bonnet Carpet Cleaning – This is the preferred commercial and industrial carpet cleaning method, it is much more of a cosmetic procedure rather than a carpet cleaning procedure as it does not provide deep cleansing. The main purpose of this method is to restore the look of the carpet by cleaning the top portion. Detergent is applied to the carpet and a rotary carpet cleaning machine with absorbent pads agitates the detergent and extracts dirt at the same time.

Choosing your particular carpet cleaning method ultimately depends on the type of carpets and rugs you have. Make sure that whoever performs your carpet cleaning do the necessary fiber test to ensure that their method is the right one for your prized carpet or rug.

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